The Variety And Collectibility Of Zippo Lighters

During the early 1900s, a young boy, George Grant Blaisdell, had a strong dislike for school. He dropped out in fifth grade and was sent to military school by his father, where he only lasted for two years.

Despite his lack of formal education, Blaisdell was a clever kid and soon began working at his family’s company, Blaisdell Machinery, where he helped manufacture air compressors. In adulthood, he asked a man using a bulky Austrian made cigarette lighter why he preferred it. The man replied that it was reliable and functional. Blaisdell then
created his own version, the “Zipper” lighter, which was later modernized and renamed “Zippo.”

These lighters are sought-after collectibles, appealing to both vintage collectors and those who appreciate modern design. Known for their durability, reliability, and distinctive clicking sound, Zippo lighters are beloved by collectors, whether they are WWII buffs, campers, smokers, or fans of midcentury modern design. From limited edition releases commemorating significant events to customized designs reflecting personal preferences, each Zippo lighter has its own story that makes it desirable.

Zippo Lighters Can Bring Serious Money Depending On Several Factors

The demand for Zippo lighters has increased because they made special orders in small batches and guaranteed them for life, resulting in a myriad of designs.

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To determine the date of a Zippo lighter, look at the series of hashmark codes on the bottom. In this image, there are three Zippo lighters, with most of them valued between $10 and $50. However, those made with sterling silver or 14k or 18k gold can fetch anywhere from $100 to $1,000; one Hertz Car Rental Zippo recently sold for $2,000.

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The collectibility of Zippo lighters is also influenced by their historical significance, condition, and design.
Those having a connection to important events or the military are desirable – as well as those made for movie stars
or famous politicians.

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This is an archival article formerly written and is for informational purposes only. The valuations in this article have likely changed since it was first written.

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